Samuel Smith's Pure Brewed Organic Lager Beer | Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

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1,049 Ratings
Samuel Smith's Pure Brewed Organic Lager BeerSamuel Smith's Pure Brewed Organic Lager Beer
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
England, United Kingdom
samuelsmithsbrewery.co.uk

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Bitterbill on 02-26-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,049
Reviews:
578
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
12.89%
 
 
Wants:
104
Gots:
106
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 1,049 |  Reviews: 578
Photo of Rollmeaway2loadout
4.34/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jw4free
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CodeBlack7
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sephyrott
4.01/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of AD17
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sound_Explorer
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of datalager
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Squire123
3.1/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bought this because it had the words Samuel Smith and Lager on the label. Really didn't take organic into consideration. As a pale lager this one's allright. Light, clean, malt forward approach, hops there in a restrained sort of fashion. An all rounder I wouldn't mind having around if it didn't cost so darn much.

Not enough value for money here for me to be a repeat purchaser.

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Photo of tomb_ride
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mastema
3.37/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DrMullet
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a straw yellow.
Sweet malty smell, a bit grassy as well.
Taste is smooth and grassy with a light sweet malt gain.
Crisp, clear, well done lager.

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Photo of Stillyman11
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Martine
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of headlessparrot
3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rate this one in-style, and you've got yourself a world-class beer; rate this one along a broader continuum and you're left with a solid entry in a pretty boring sub-style--a sub-style whose very trademark seems to be its blandness (what else do you get when you've eschewed flavour-altering adjuncts, spicy Pilsner hops, and/or prominent German malts?).

Definitely crisp. Tremendously clean, refreshing, and supremely drinkable (a body that is not watery, but feels light and enjoyable). Balanced, with a doughy, biscuit/cracker character and light boiled veg hopping. Signs of an almost ale-y fruity estery-ness. Nice straw-gold colour (signs of chill-haze initially that fade in a couple of moments) with moderate head. Worth trying, but not worth hoarding, and certainly not worth import prices you'll pay outside of the UK.

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Photo of kitschiguy
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured a most of 355ml bottle into a 350ml beer glass.

Produced a very big fluffy white head which gradually dissipated to leave a thin layer of foam down to the last sip. Some lacing.

Very nice clean smelling nose with some citrus, grassy aromas and malt. Nice.

Palate is extremely smooth. Very nice for a lager. Malty with fruity hop flavours, citrus notes and some grass. Excellent.

Mouth is lovely. Very full and creamy. Carbonation is good.

Overall a superb lager. Flavoursome, well-balanced, refreshing and highly quaffable.

There should be a separate category for a beer like this. Lumping it in with the euro pale lagers doesn't do it justice.

Highly recommended.

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Photo of Bretweir
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Nice flavor - cascading bubbles on the pour mislead, the carbonation (at least in mine) was lacking. Not flat, but not as crisp and dry as I would like.

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Photo of bunkershotbirdie
4.53/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Good taste, not hoppy

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yellow pour, a little more substantial looking than AAL, over an inch of white head, above average lacing and retention. Aroma was like nothing going on, didn't have the skunkiness of a lot of Euro lagers.

Taste was crisp and a good lesson in the different yeast strains, as it stands out here. Grassy metal notes.

Its a pretty good beer, expensive format. Not a lot of hop flavors, but the bitterness is in the right range.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.46/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden amber, just lighter than natural honey, and mostly clear, with wispy off-white head of moderate retention. Smells honey-like, with white bread and grain notes. Taste is more grainy, and less honey or bread like. Hops are subdued, but seem almost menthol-like, could be influenced by honey suggestions. Fairly dry finish. Medium-bodied, could be on the lighter side but carbonation effervesces to cream and velvet, quite crisp.

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Photo of smi69
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JDaniel502
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The smell of this beer was faint but pleasant. The impression after my first sip was a light and gentle carbonation and a light body. The taste can be described as cereal with mild hints of grain.

This was a very clean lager and may very well become my go to light beer . I very much enjoyed it!

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Photo of stevoj
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reminds me of a nice German helles lager, very much cereal grains, but full of flavor. Tends to the sweet side, with a bit of bitter dryness at the end. The way lagers should be done.

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Photo of mkh012
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hard to review a lager for look and smell. Very light yellow. Almost no smell. Just some vague sweetness and grass.

Taste is very well-balanced though. Probably better than any American adjunct lager. Easy drinking, light, clean finish. Doesn't become any harder to drink as it warms like some American macros do. A good summer beer. More respectable and substantive than your average lager, but hard to rave about something thats main merit is being inoffensive. If I'm looking for something light and easy drinking, I would go with a hefe instead.

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Photo of canarycommotion
4.75/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(bottle code SG2161 - poured into a shaker)

L: just about crystal-clear, pale, grainy yellow-gold... 1/2" of eggshell white foam - loose, open suds... no lace

S: smells like an industrial lager from Germany, say Bitburger? Becks?... little bit of sulfur, little less grain husk in the background... at its foundation is a pleasant cereal malt with flourishes of vaguely tobacco-y, grassy hops floating atop

T: mmm, pretty nice... dry, delicately bitter, peppery finish - pretty darn dry throughout... the malt flavor is sanded down pretty flat... very clean, quenching taste - wasn't expecting it to be so clean - it could use more malt depth, but I think I have a Helles in mind

F: flat-chested, on the lighter side of light-bodied... maybe the most mild of residual sugars and oils, but altogether notably damn dry... beware of how easy it knocks back

O: like a step above BMC, not too far off from Stella perhaps... it being organic, it'll get more play from me than those others

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Samuel Smith's Pure Brewed Organic Lager Beer from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
3.8 out of 5 based on 1,049 ratings.
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